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15 Great Teen Novels for Music Lovers
YA MATTISON, B.
Fifteen-year-old Tory Tyson dreams of producing hip hop records, and as he rapidly begins to experience success doing just that, he finds that he must make choices between the way he has been raised by his single, God-fearing mother and the folks he meets in the music world.
YA SALES, L.
Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.
YA KELLY, T.
When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.
YA GOODE, L.
As members of teen hip-hop band Sister Mischief, Esme Rockett, also known as MC Ferocious, rocks her suburban Minnesota Christian high school with more than the hip-hop music she makes with best friends Marcy (DJ SheStorm) and Tess (The ConTessa) when she develops feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini).
YA KROVATIN, C.
High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.
YA BROTHERS, B.
When Johnny completes an alcohol rehabilitation program and his mother sends him to live with his uncle in North Carolina, he meets Maria, who seems to understand his fascination with the new wave band Blondie, and he learns about his deceased father’s youthful forays into “glam rock,” which gives him perspective on himself, his past, and his current life.
YA GOING, K.
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
YA PRINZ, Y.
Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.
YA LOVE, M.
Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan’s career as ‘DJ Ice’ is skyrocketing, but his mother’s heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.
YA VLAHOS, L.
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.
YA LORD, E.
Follows seventeen-year-old Reagan as she tries to escape heartbreak and a bad reputation by going on tour with her country superstar best friend–only to find more trouble as she falls for the surprisingly sweet guy hired to pose as the singer’s boyfriend.
YA TAYLOR, G.
Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles-obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars.
YA SKOVRON, J.
Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather’s decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it–and his mother stays too busy to help.
YA JOHN, A.
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.
YA BRIANT, E.
As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar.
Book Trailer of the Week– The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Set in the near future, The Adoration of Jenna Fox tells the story of Jenna who, at 17-years-old, has just woken up from a coma that has left her devoid of any memories of or capabilities to be the girl she was before her accident. What follows is Jenna’s rediscovering of not only how to be a normal teen again, but what happened to her memories and why does everything just feel like it is not what it is supposed to be. Click here to find The Adoration of Jenna Fox in the Library!